More than 500 000 vehicles are unlicensed – ZINARA

By Tichaona Kurewa

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) has urged motorists to renew their vehicle licences, amid revelations that more than 500 000 vehicles are not licensed.

ZINARA has a statutory obligation to collect vehicle licence fees with the funds being disbursed for road related infrastructure development and maintenance.

However, its role is being compromised by vehicle owners who are not complying with the provisions of the law.

ZINARA vice board chairperson, Lizwe Bunu said, “We look at the number of vehicles that are in Zimbabwe; there is a lot that are outstanding. There are more than 500 000 vehicles that are not licenced. At a given point, we expect an improvement. Yes, there has been a remarkable improvement in terms of 2020 and 2021, but we are still anticipating an improvement because there is a huge gap. A lot of drivers are not licensing their vehicles.”

Local government expert, Alderman Nkosilathi Jiyane echoed the same sentiments saying there is no excuse for motorists not to licence their vehicles.

“If ZINARA is not capacitated it will not be able to deliver world class roads and related infrastructure. When this happens, the same motorists who are not licensing their vehicles will complain, demanding carpet roads, attacking ZINARA in the process. Motorists should thrive to license their vehicles, ZINARA has flexible payment terms.”

Since the beginning of the year, ZINARA has disbursed more than ZW$5 billion to local authorities for various road rehabilitation projects which are at various levels of implementation.